A special court here on Friday rejected the application of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to conduct polygraph test on three key accused in the murder case of two BJP leaders in Bharuch
Special judge P B Desai rejected the application citing a Supreme Court order that an accused can undergo the lie detection test only after his/her nod. Before the hearing, defence lawyer Zamir Shaikh had informed the court the accused have refused to undergo polygraph test.
The NIA had sought permission to conduct the test on Abid Dawood Patel, brother of fugitive gangster Javed Chikna, Inayat Vora alias Bala and Yunus Shaikh alias Manjaro, all residents of Bharuch. The three are alleged to be main conspirators, who hired other co-accused and hatched the conspiracy to kill Shirish Bangali, former Bharuch district BJP president, and Pragnesh Mistry, general secretary of BJYM in Bharuch, on November 2.
According to investigators, Abid planned the murders on instruction from his brother Chikna, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and also accomplice of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The two others allegedly identified created a “hit-list” of leaders belonging to saffron organisations.